Sophia Dunkley, Katie George included in England squad for series against West Indies
Sophia Dunkley in action for South East Stars. © Getty Images
Allrounder Sophia Dunkley and seamer Katie George have been included in England's squad for their five-match T20I series against West Indies in Derby beginning on Monday (September 21). The pair are the only two additions to the 15-member squad that competed in the T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this year, with allrounder Georgia Elwiss missing due to a back injury.
Dunkley, who has already played 10 T20Is for England, comes into the squad with some promising form under her belt. She scored a match-winning 97 for South East Stars against Sunrisers in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint trophy last month. She also accounted for three wickets in two matches.
She will add to England's already strong spin contingent consisting of Sophie Ecclestone, Mady Villiers, Sarah Glenn and Heather Knight.
Left-arm seamer George put in impressive performances through the intra-squad matches, swinging the ball prodigiously early in the innings. She will join the experienced group of Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross, Natalie Sciver and Freya Davies in the pace group.
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The rest of the squad is largely settled, with all the batters finding form through the last few weeks across the Rachael Heyhoe Flint trophy and the intra-squad matches.
Fast bowler Shrubsole, who underwent a foot surgery following the World Cup, has recovered fully and will also take part in the series.
“It’s been a challenging summer for everyone and we are privileged to be in a position to play an international series, and to get the chance to showcase the women’s game," said England head coach Lisa Keightley, following the squad announcement on Wednesday (September 16).
“We have worked hard since the group came back together in preparation for this series and we're in a great place going in to the T20Is against West Indies.”
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Meanwhile, allrounder Bryony Smith and left-arm spinner Linsey Smith have been named as standbyes.
The remaining five players - Issy Wong, Lauren Bell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Emma Lamb and Kirstie Gordon - have been released to join their regional teams for the final round of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint trophy.
Squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Katie George, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danielle Wyatt